- Hacking software could put ‘zombie drone army’ in user’s hands
- Support for stricter gun laws drops: poll
- 10 whales dead, 41 others stranded in Everglades
- John Boehner faces bipartisan pressure to allow gay-rights vote
- Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC over ‘ill-judged’ comments about Sarah Palin
- Rep. Duncan Hunter: While Obama prays for Iranian change, U.S. should ready its nukes
- Best company ever? Veteran Beer Co. exists to employ vets, provide quality beer
- Iran official: Sanctions ‘utterly failed’ to stop nuclear program
- ‘Black Santa’ display at IU sparks student outrage
- Joint Chiefs chair Dempsey: Pentagon, VA too slow in merging medical systems
S. Africa cloned skin recipient to leave hospital
Question of the Day
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Bedtime for 3-year-old Isabella Kruger now includes a bottle and a massage. This ritual has become possible again as the toddler recovers from surgery that transplanted cloned skin onto her body after 80 percent of it suffered burns in a backyard accident.
On Tuesday, Isabella, better known as Pippie, was fed her bottle by her mother Anice Kruger. Pippie is now fully awake and no longer reliant on feeding tubes after being kept under complete sedation for more than a week to ensure she kept still and did not tear her fragile new skin.
“She is doing really, really well,” her mother said.
Earlier this month, Pippie received 30 to 40 grafts of skin which had been cloned in a laboratory in Boston using a sample of her own skin and mouse cells as a scaffold.
Since the operation, Pippie has started to eat baby and mashed food and even some chicken.
The surgeon who attached her skin, Dr. Ridwan Mia, says it is crucial that she is well-nourished in the weeks to come.
“Her body is building muscle, recovering, healing wounds, healing the grafts. We want her to be nice and strong,” Mia said.
For her mother, Pippie’s recovery is nothing short of a miracle.
She remembers with clarity the moments after a bottle of fire-accelerating gel exploded during a family barbecue, leaving her little girl with severe burns.
“It literally looked like she was boiling. Her skin was just falling off,” Kruger said.
Burn victims rarely survive such severe injuries. But Pippie was a fighter.
In the months that followed, Pippie survived multiple cardiac arrests and organ failure before undergoing the skin transplant.
Mia, the surgeon, said that the skin on her legs, head and arms has taken “quite well” while the skin on her chest remains “very fragile”.
He said the child is likely to be discharged “towards the end of next week.” Still, after that, Pippie will have to undergo daily physiotherapy.
“There is a lot of loss of muscle bulk and strength, which is something she has to work on. It is almost like a baby that needs to gain tone and muscle,” Mia said.
Another aspect of her rehabilitation will be psychological counseling.
Pippie’s mother is aware that recovery will take a long time, but she is optimistic.
“The thing I’m looking forward most is just to feel her arms around my neck again. Just to get a hug,” she said.
By Tom Harris and Madhav Khandekar
Bad science puts rich nations on the hook for trillions in climate liabilities
- Hola: Boehner prepares to push amnesty bill through House
- Puerto Rico caravan honoring Paul Walker ends in 6 drunken-driving arrests, 72 speeding tickets
- First Dog Sunny knocks down Ashtyn Gardner; Michelle Obama yanks leash
- Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC over 'ill-judged' comments about Sarah Palin
- EDITORIAL: Motor City meltdown
- Apple wins facial recognition patent for iPhone 6
- HURT: Postal Service misses address by a whole continent
- Allen West warns Obamas backdoor gun control is moving forward
- U.S. drops 2,000 mice on Guam by parachute to kill snakes
- Issa: FBI impeding inquiry into IRS targeting of conservative groups
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Wall Street news for retail investors who want to know what's going on.
Does it take over 25 years in public service to really know what goes on in Washington?
Despite cynicism about the law, it can provide you justice, protection, and ensure your rights.
All of the world’s problems, solved on your back porch